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clematis in need of identification

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 19:13

Have a couple of those too, waterbutts - Group 2 but another 'good doer'  

clematis in need of identification

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 18:25

My Polish Spirit only has 4 petals, chicky.  The number is variable with most clematis.  

BTW, ever tried real Polish spirit?  Not a beverage for the faint-hearted (It'll strip varnish, too!)

Where would i get one of these

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 18:22

Google "3 tine cultivator uk" - there are one or two long-handled ones which might be suitable - ones by Wilkinson Sword and Spear & Jackson for example.

Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 15:23

If you look it up at the RHS site, it classifies it as an aquatic or herbaceous perennial, so I would think it needs a lot of water - boggy conditions would seem ideal.  Ground near walls tends to get quite dry so perhaps that isn't the best place for it?

clematis in need of identification

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 15:16

I'd agree with Polish spirit which I also have - it's a Group 3 and a 'good doer'.  I cut mine back to about 30cm every Spring - grows back to about 3-4m and gets absolutely covered in flowers.

Bilberry

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 11:06

Obelilixx, the bilberries are about 18 inches wide and about a foot tall - leaves still green at the moment, but some of my blueberry leaves are turning that lovely red colour.  I had the same problem with the blueberry flowers being frosted with the late start we had this year so also few berries.  With luck we'll have a better start next Spring!

Alan, I also understand bilberries are tricky to grow and that they must have acid soil which never dries out, so have planted them in ericaceous compost, watering regularly with rainwater from my water butts and have been feeding them with ericaceous feed.  I've not had any fruit yet so can't tell you which I prefer!  They apparently have a smaller crop per bush than blueberries though, so you might want to take that into consideration.

Bilberry

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 23:24

Hi all, I noticed earlier today that both of my bilberries are in flower!  They were only planted (in large tubs of ericaceous compost) last Autumn but flowered in about May/June this year (no fruit set).  They both look very healthy but are obviously a bit confused!

Spurge?

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 19:21

A weed is just a plant in the wrong place, Charlie!  If you like it (and I can see why), keep some seed and sow it next spring.  It's an annual so will die after seeding anyway.

Spurge?

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 16:28

Same here Fleurisa - once they seed (and they produce a lot of seed) you have them forever.  Luckily they pull up easily but watch the white sap (which is why they are called milkweed) as it irritates the skin after exposure to sunlight.

potato plants

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 16:25

The seeds can be grown but it takes a few years of saving he tiny tubers and replanting them before you have a decent crop but you can end up with a new variety.  This is how new potato varieties are developed of course.  An interesting project but quite a lot of work and they could be rubbish!

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